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Composer Multi Stylist Any style from Pop, Rock, RnB,

to Metal, Latin or Jazz

Guitar PlayerTop ProfessionalHigh Quality Performance

Recording Session Player

EducatorNotable Guitar Teacher20+ Years of Experience

More than 1000 Students


Creating Awesome Music

Pedro Duarte is an established composer and songwriter, and entrepreneur, known for his dedication to the development and teaching of modern commercial music. He is also known to be a highly skilled performer in guitar who embraces diverse aesthetic elements, from pop to latin Jazz, focusing on world fusion. Pedro invented a new instrument called Electric Guitolao. His record “Kilindu” was considered groundbreaking by media, fuses elements from different Lusophonic influences.

Founder of EMMA

The general public mostly knows Pedro for being the founder of the prestigious EMMA Music School in Portugal. Since 2009, EMMA Music School is dedicated exclusively to teaching modern commercial music at high standards), and also for his world music influence record “Kilindu”. Additionally, he is recognised for his work with other acts and artists, and also as the foremost personality in Portugal when it comes to the teaching of a vast spectrum of modern music styles for guitar.

Highly Skilled Performer

Pedro is a highly skilled performer in the guitar, composer and teacher, and a recognised specialist in Pop, Rock, Hard Rock, Blues, RnB, Funk, Jazz, Latin, World Music and Fusion. Begun playing the guitar at four years old and was self-thought throughout his teen years. He recorded his first album at age 19 and started to teach guitar locally at age 17. In his twenties, he was playing the guitar for two nationally acclaimed artists, and with three rock-pop bands. He has released six records with some of his original work.

His Teachers

Pedro was a student of many top players both nationally and internationally. He studied classical guitar with José Horta. blues guitar with António Mardel and with the world-class blues expert Michael Williams (Michael Williams also taught John Mayer). He learnt funk guitar with Thaddeus Hogarth, rock guitar and heavy metal guitar with Joe Musella, and Jon Bishop, and also with virtuoso British player Martin Goulding. Pedro studied jazz guitar with Bruno Santos, Danny Ilett, Larry Baione, Tim Miller, Rick Peckham, and also with jazz virtuoso Bruce Sauders. He also learnt rock-jazz fusion guitar with the world-class virtuoso Daniele Gottardo and Alex Stornello.

His Learning

He also learnt fusion guitar with Gonçalo Pereira, Tom Quayle, and Martin Goulding; Also attended clinics and workshops by US jazz player Robert Conti, Martin Miller, Guthrie Govan, Steve Vai and Pat Metheny. Attended the Career Mentorship course with metal guitar player Tom Hess. He had music classes with non-guitar players such as saxophonist Allan Chase, keyboardist Atar Shafighian, Drummer Mike Sturgis, and Flautist Matt Marvuglio. Pedro has extensively learned Songwriting and musicianship with Davey Ray Moor from the U.K. band Cousteau. Pedro continues to develop his skills on the guitar under the wing of world-class guitar virtuoso Alex Stornello.

Academic Qualifications

Pedro is a certified teacher (CCP diploma) and a PhD in Music Doctoral candidate at Bath Spa University in U.K.  Pedro studied at two different Portuguese jazz school before he graduated in Creative Music Performance obtaining a First-class honours Bachelor Degree (Licentiate) in the Art of Creative Music Performance at Falmouth University (UK), and Detroit Institute of Music Education (U.S.A.). Additionally, Pedro was awarded the Berklee College of Music Master in Guitar Performance. He was awarded a Master of Music degree with Merit from Bath Spa University (U.K.). Additionally, he is a certified Modern Music Institute teacher.

Top Educator

As an educator, it is estimated that Pedro has taught more than a thousand students. Many of those students have pursued a career as musicians and are successful in the music business.

Pedro teaches guitar, songwriting, band classes, aural training skills, and career mentorship at EMMA music School and online at EMMA Online Extension School. He also hosts guitar workshops and clinics at institutions and venues. In 2018 Pedro was named head of MMI International for Portugal and Spain.

His Style

His unique musical voice is drawn from an accurate technique with the Baritone Portuguese Electric Guitar. His style fuses jazz, hard-rock, metal, bossa-nova and fado. His articles about music are often published by big news and media. His style of playing is predominantly referenced as having influences of Carlos Santana, Marty Friedman, Nuno Bettencourt, Satriani, Carlos Paredes, Malmsteen, Pat  Metheny and George Benson.

Pedro’s invented the Electric “guitolao”, and his music is sponsored by Stets Bar Tremolos, Vigier Guitars, and Fishman, and G66-Fractal Audio.

When he’s not composing or playing, he is often seeking inspiration surfing waves, riding waves on wooden longboards at Sintra shore, or any place comprehended between the Algarve-Portugal to Biarritz-France, in the quest to find a decent spot where to surf a few waves and have a relaxed beer.


Tells The story

Pedro Duarte articles about music, and he has been invited to participate in TV talk shows, radio interviews, performing live on radio, and national and international TV.

He has featured on TV at RTP 1, RTP International, RTP Noticias, RTP 2, SIC Internacional, SIC, Sport TV, Canal Q. On the radio, he has been interviewed by top radio channels like Radio Comercial, Renascença, RDP 1, Antena 1, Antena 3, TSF, BBC6, Radio Cardiff, Radio Alfa Paris. On paper, his articles and interviews were published by newspaper O Público, Diário de Noticias, Sábado, Correio da Manhã, SuperBebes, Marketeer, and in other publications.


“Agora Nós” Morning Talk Show


“Etnias” talk show

Rádio comercial

Interview after a gig at Optimus Alive

Read more (Portuguese) PDF

Diário de noticias

3 page interview

Público Newspaper I

about Modern Music

Read more (Portuguese) PDF


The numbers of Music

CM Newspaper

Bob Cutarella


Mundo ao contrário

“The performance is beautifully delivered and polished to perfection”

— (Chuck Taylor – “Billboard USA”) —


Creating music, for you, with you



Are you a Singing Artist and you want to release a record?

Pedro will compose and produce according to your needs in the style that you desire.

Every aspect of the composition will be debated with you to make it fit your preferences and style.

All will be set according to your vision. Song length, key, type of harmony, mood, speed, rhythm, instruments, vibe, et all. It will be as you define it to be, starting with the theme for the lyrics. Every aspect according to your specifications.

From Brief to Final Mix.

Pedro can help you to release your single, EP or album, help planing  and promote it, setting you up with a professional web presence and distribution. There are even solutions to relinquish full authorship credits to the customer.

Session Musician

& Producer

Are you in need of a skilled player to record a pristine track for your recording?

Unheard off tones, and layers, world music exotism, or a heartfelt bluesy solo, or a latin riff, a jazz solo or hard rock metal shredding with fireworks, or just a lush acoustic guitar, Pedro is your man.

An upcoming artist can benefit from the presence of a notable musician at his side to provide confidence and break the ice. Also, it helps to bring in someone with academic qualifications, knowledge and respect, to your act. Pedro will help you to control and manage your band. You can hire Pedro as your musical director.

If you are a singer but you don’t have a band, Pedro will assemble a top level band for you.

If you are in the music business to make money, Pedro will make it is a business to deliver a top job that will make your fans happy.

If you have a demo song and need a producer to bring it to life? Pedro will do that for you.


If you want to learn modern commercial music to a high standard, you can learn with Pedro and his team of specialists.

If you are in Lisbon, Portugal, visit EMMA Music School ( ), and enrol to the best modern and commercial music school in Portugal. Please note that all contents are delivered Portuguese at EMMA music school.

For online learning solutions, please visit and contact. There are solutions to study directly with Pedro or with other specialist performers in other instruments and voice.


and Lecturer

National and international Universities interested in developing creative modern music performance programs at academic levels 3, to 7, may contact Pedro to be part of faculty or as an external lecturer.

Pedro Duarte can help organisations (Promoters, Record Labels, Venues, Foundations, Corporations) to find solutions for music production, event production, licencing or producing for marketing, music business thematics or music performance activities.

Pedro is available to work with local or central government institutions, and Culture departments, by providing specialist expertise, connecting with music performance artist, developing implementation and marketing strategies to make each event a success.

Music & Video

Some Recent Projects


Performance Video

Pedro Duarte

“Coconut Shells”

Performance Video

“Coconut Shells” is an instrumental Ambience/Soundtrack piece combined with World music (Latin and Afro-Cuban), also Blues-Rock and Jazz influences. This track features the guitar as the lead instrument influenced by Latin Rock-Blues reminiscent of Carlos Santana and also incorporates the style of legato inspired on Steve Vai. Those elements mix in this track with the contemporary electronic ambience production background that also follows Latin, Blues, Rock and Jazz aesthetics.

Gallery of Photos




Gallery of Photos

Music Video

Pedro Duarte

“O que o futuro

nos traz”

Music Video

This song is currently on the Play list on Radios, the video is aired on TV, it is featured on VEVO and as reached 240 thousand views on Youtube.

Performance Video

Pedro Duarte

Performance Video

Four tracks on a single video on Vimeo. A version of Kenny Burrells “Chitlins con Carne”, “Coconut Shells”, “Oscillations” and “Ink Driven”.

Stage Image


Stage Image

Performance Video


Performance Video

Guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt has a strong influence on the guitar scene. In the 90’s, “Bate” was a hero for my friends and I. The song “Comfortably Numb”, is a “Hendrix” style riff based song with a hard-rock and funky groove that exemplifies Bettencourt playing. This song is, in fact, a very demanding and athletic piece of music that requires a lot of practice to get it up to his speed.

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Stage Image

on iTunes


on iTunes

“Like your melodic content! Also, your use of interesting guitar textures and colors.”

— Frank Gambale —



Waghorn 7 String PAD Custom model w/ Floyd Rose, Graphtec

Vigier Excalibur SL Master

Gibson LP w/ EMG25 and Stetsbar Tremolo

Fender Telecaster w/ Stetsbar Tremolo

Yamaha SA2200 Archtop

Taylor 520e Acoustic

Yamaha Silent Nylon

Yamaha Pacifica

Sire 5 string Bass

Cort Acoustic Bass

Acoustic Ukulele

Electrified Cuban Tres

Electric Mandolin

Portuguese 12 string Guitar


Mesa boogie Rectifier 2×100 + 4×12 Jansen Stereo Cab

Victory Baron

Line 6 Spider 75

Roland AC90

Marshall MG Combo

Ashdown Bass Amp


Fractal Audio Axe-Fx II XL+Preamp, Mod, Effects

Fractal Audio MFC-101 Controller

Fishman Triple Play MIDI Controller

Electro Harmonix Memory Man Delay with Hazarai

Nemphasis Dark Lady “Red Knobs” Distortion

Nemphasis The Muff

Nemphasis Liquid Mind Chorus

Boss Looper


DAW i7 8 core 4.2 32GM RAM

RME Babyface Pro

M-Audio Monitors

Steinberg CC121

RTAS desk

Cubase Pro 8.5

EZ Drummer w/ Expansions

Spectrasonics Trillian and Omnisphere


Amplitube 4

Fractal Audio Axe-Fx II XL+ top modelling and FX

Fractal Audio MFC-101

Fishman Triple Play MIDI Controller




BIaB Ultra Edition

Output Instruments


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